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FreeNAS or a regular NAS?

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I'm trying to expand my storage since my 1TB is filling up and I was just wondering do a FreeNAS build with an old pc or get a NAS? I heard that regular NAS are slow and I don't know if FreeNAS is slow or not.
 
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Well FreeNAS is only as fast as the PC you install it on.

We use FreeNAS for backup in our VMware enviroment. The PC´s we use are DIY builds with RAID controllers and a lot of disks.
The main things are:
- Use the 64 bit FreeNAS builds (right now v. 9.1.1 or 9.2.0 Release Candidate)
- Use a CPU with minimum 2 cores
- Use at least 8 GB of memory
- Use the build in ZFS filesystem

You dont have to use a RAID controller as FreeNAS can make it via software, assuming you will use more than one hdd.
 
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I just need a file storage. I guess freenas